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World War II - U.S. Army

Day G Turner

Details
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 319th Infantry,
    80th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 8, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Dahl, Luxembourg
Citation
He commanded a nine-man squad with the mission of holding a critical flank position. When overwhelming numbers of the enemy attacked under cover of withering artillery, mortar, and rocket fire, he withdrew his squad into a nearby house, determined to defend it to the last man. The enemy attacked again and again and were repulsed with heavy losses. Supported by direct tank fire, they finally gained entrance, but the intrepid sergeant refused to surrender although five of his men were wounded and one was killed. He boldly flung a can of flaming oil at the first wave of attackers, dispersing them, and fought doggedly from room to room, closing with the enemy in fierce hand-to-hand encounters. He hurled hand grenade for hand grenade, bayoneted two fanatical Germans who rushed a doorway he was defending, and fought on with the enemy's weapons when his own ammunition was expended. The savage fight raged for four hours, and finally, when only three men of the defending squad were left unwounded, the enemy surrendered. Twenty-five prisoners were taken, 11 enemy dead and a great number of wounded were counted. Sgt. Turner's valiant stand will live on as a constant inspiration to his comrades. His heroic, inspiring leadership, his determination, and courageous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military service.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Nescopeck, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: September 2, 1921, Berwick, Columbia County, PA, United States
  • Died: February 8, 1945, Germany
  • Buried: A.B.M.C. Luxembourg Cemetery (MH) (E-10-72), Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
 

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